Glorious Goodwood

And double checked



from  “a garden

party with racing tacked on” King Edward VII 



Races are per definition over in a blink. With five days of racing during the Glorious Goodwood meeting all could easily come down to a blur if it weren’t for several highlights along the course including a much expected clash that lived up to its hype in the Sussex Stakes – a race, which in the past two seasons have been synonymous with the legendary Frankel.  This time it was a duel on the Downs between Europe’s two best three year olds; Dawn Approach and Toronado – the latter seeking a revenge over his narrow defeat at Royal Ascot, as the two steered clear of the Queen Anne Stakes winner, Declaration of War.

The winning time was faster than both Frankel’s efforts on considerably softer ground.

”Where Frankel delivered trashings these two delivered thrills, ” wrote Jonathan Liew in The Daily Telegraph while touching on the protagonists different qualities; Toronado with ”hindquarters that generate heart-stopping explosions of speed” and Dawn Approach ”all heart, daring his adversaries to match his pace and courage.”